The second edition of Una ciudad muchos mundos (2017-2019) is a radical attempt to conduct a practical research that penetrates the depths of the artistic, cultural and activist work of our time. With hardly any time to dwell on the burning issues that condition productivity, all too often the frictions surrounding ethics in collaborative work, forms of work, authorship or the ways in which we transmit knowledge are swept under the carpet.
This edition of the programme, made up of a steering committee of six agents selected through an open call – some of whom are individuals and others collectives – presents a plural and incarnated research in which to tackle these issues through transversal themes that were identified in the experience of the first edition of the programme:
- Ethical tensions in collaborative work.
- Work methodologies and the transfer of knowledge
- Impacts on the communities (and vice versa).
The objective of this practice-based research is to generate a toolbox with which to produce new processes that will rely on knowledge and accumulated experience.
The spring of 2018 was dedicated to meeting and finding each other, and starting to work together. The group also invited researchers and activists Yuderkys Espinosa and Leticia Sabsay to think about the transversal themes of the programme. In addition, different lines of research have branched off, asking about, among other questions: bodies that have or do not have legitimacy in the city from a decolonial perspective; waiting rooms as places of potential collective hope in the face of cutbacks and the privatisation of public services; the communities and affects that are built around dance and its political potential; the problems that arise in forms of motherhood that diverge from the heterosexual norm; the potential of the language of performance arts to reveal the unspeakable and what frictions emerge in the institutionalisation of cultural practices. The common denominator of all these lines is their internal reflection and research into the complexity of working with and for public institutions.
The public programme that is part of the group’s research process will be activated during the autumn and winter of 2018-2019.